Concert Series Will Spotlight Talented Pianist
Because hes blind. But hes half-serious. Because hes on Instagram, the photo-sharing social-media service that has among other things helped turn every concertgoer into a concert photographer, including Zaghal. This is what happens when someone who cant see a thing decides to shoot concert pics, hes written on his profile page . Captions only indicate what I think Im shooting. Last time Zaghal was here at the Rocketship a group house in 16th Street Heights where underground rock bands make urgent noise on a cold basement floor he thought he was shooting local punk quartet Priests. Instead, Zaghal went home with some blurry snaps of the pipes and paneling. I thought there was some kind of stage here, he says. But my friends are pretty honest. Theyll tell me, Oh, you got a bunch of pictures of the ceiling. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas When his subjects dont elude the frame entirely, theyre often truncated, decapitated or abstracted into blurry smears of pixels. The least successful images become the most successful. Which is beautiful. And hilarious.
Any piano students interested in attending the master class may contact Williamson at 410-6144. He also likes to talk to his audience about the music hes playing, Williamson said. Ertls program will include a sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Rzewskis Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues. Following intermission, he will play a composition by Franz Liszt. The program will conclude with a piece Ertl describes as one of the most technically challenging pieces in his repertoire. Its Igor Stravinskys transcription titled The Firebird. I try to change my playing style to adapt to what composer I play, he said. While Beethoven and Mozart are musically challenging, The Firebird is the most technically difficult for me. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has given multiple performances at Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall and debuted at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, on Chicago Radios Live from WFMT series, Wisconsin Public Radios Live from the Elvehjem series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. Successful in numerous competitions, Ertl won first prize in the 2009 American Protege International Piano Competition and third prize at the 2008 Young Artists International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. For the past seven years, Ertl has been the Artist-in-Residence Fellow for PianoArts, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over 20 public schools. Ertl completed his doctorate in musical arts at the Eastman School of Music. He also earned his masters from Eastman and his bachelors from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. Ertl finds himself juggling his time between teaching and performing. It sometimes makes for some very long days, because prior to a concert, I like to practice from five to six hours a day, he said.